Monday 18 June 2018

Fugitive politician Carles Puigdemont proposed as Catalonia leader

The secessionist leader of the Spanish region is visiting Copenhagen amid attempts to seek his arrest.

Roger Torrent, speaker of Catalan Parliament attends a press conference at the Catalonia Parliament in Barcelona (Manu Fernandez/AP)
Roger Torrent, speaker of Catalan Parliament attends a press conference at the Catalonia Parliament in Barcelona (Manu Fernandez/AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

The speaker of Catalonia’s parliament has proposed former regional leader Carles Puigdemont as candidate to form a government, despite his status as a fugitive from Spanish justice.

Mr Puigdemont arrived in the Danish capital, Copenhagen, on Monday to talk at a university there and meet Danish politicians.

It is his first trip outside Belgium since he left Spain dodging a judicial investigation into an illegal, and unsuccessful, independence declaration in late October.

Spain’s state prosecutor is seeking his arrest in Denmark. A Spanish judge is yet to rule on the European warrant.

Catalan parliament speaker Roger Torrent said that Mr Puigdemont is the only candidate with enough backing to attempt a government following regional elections last month.

Mr Torrent said he has asked Spain’s prime minister Mariano Rajoy to meet and talk about the “abnormal situation” in Catalonia.

Press Association

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